We pray to the sunshine gods for summer to arrive sooner, and until then, we slather ourselves in smelly self-tanner. We get it — a faux tan is better than no tan! But, what if it was even simpler than bronzer in a tube … like, bronzer in a bottle — a teeny, tiny, bottle. We’re talking nail polish here! Try one of these shades to look like you’ve been lying out in the sun all day for weeks.


Bright White/Ivory: Seriously light, white shades stand out against any skin tone, making even the palest skin look tan in comparison. We love Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Porcelain Party or Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in Madreperla!

Minty Fresh
: Because pastels are so cool in color, they bring out the warmth in your skin — whether you’re fair or have a deep complexion. Try essie Mint Candy Apple or NYX Girls Nail Polish in Mint Medley!

Electric Orange: Orange is another one of those shades that brings out your inner glowing goddess, except by inner, we mean outer because you’ll look as sun-kissed as ever! We love Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Orange Fix or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nails in Tangerine Crush!

Neon Colors: Rock a faux glow by going neon! No other hue will make your complexion look as tan as highlighter tones like essie in Bottle Service or essie DJ Play That Song.

Vibrant Coral:
It’s all about the contrast! Corals like YSL La Laque Couture in Corail Colisee and NYX Girls Nail Polish in Dance in Havana will really stand out against your skin tone — adding a hint of color to your complexion.

Rich Gold:
Shimmery gold shades reflect light, adding a sunny summer glow to your digits! For this effect, we love Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer in Oro Oscuro and Lancôme Vernis in Love in Golden Riviera!

What’s your favorite glow-getting nail polish shade? Let us know in the comments below! 

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